At one point in time, Star Wars films were a rare commodity. Since Disney’s acquisition and the launch of the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the amount of Star Wars content in production has grown exponentially. Like the Force, Star Wars has come to permeate every aspect of our lives, so let’s take a look at what we know to be coming soon.
The bread and butter of Star Wars have and always will be the movies. Right now, the Walt Disney Company currently plans on releasing one every year, forever. For some, this is a promise, for others a threat. These are the movies confirmed by Lucasfilm:
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25, 2018)
In less than two months the newest film Solo: a Star Wars Story is set to tell the origin story of the beloved smuggler. Of course, this means a recast of characters including Han and Lando, mainly due to the nonstop march of time. The production of Solo was rife with controversy as the initial directors of the movie (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) were ousted late in production and replaced with Ron Howard.
Episode IX (December 20, 2019)
This is the sequel to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the conclusion to the sequel trilogy, that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Seeing as The Last Jedi may be the most divisive film in the saga, fan’s exceptions will most likely range from low to very high. J.J. Abrams is returning to direct.
Rian Johnson Trilogy (TBA)
The director of The Last Jedi got along really well with his peers and overlords at Disney and Lucasfilm. How well may you ask? Well, he’s in charge of a new trilogy of movies set in an, as of yet, undisclosed time period. Whether he will direct all three or just the first entry remains to be seen.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Star Wars
The creators of the Game of Thrones TV adaption on HBO are getting their own Star Wars movie(s), and so far, that is all we know.
Streaming Series (TBA)
Star Wars Rebels recently concluded on Disney XD, but a nice live action show is on the way and set to premiere on Disney’s streaming service. (If that doesn’t make you want to subscribe, Disney’s acquisition of Fox will could mean the complete run of Simpsons will be on there as well!)
Star Wars has long been a powerhouse in the print publishing world. While there are many books coming out, I’m only going to focus on the novels:
Star Wars: Last Shot (April 17, 2018)
A New Han and Lando book that ties in with the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone film. All you really need to know is that there is an Ewok slicer in the novel (the equivalent of a hacker in the galaxy far far away.)
Thrawn Alliances (June 26, 2018)
This book comes from the legendary Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, who is most well know for The Thrawn Trilogy, a trio of books that brought Star Wars back to life in the early to mid 90s. If you don’t know who Thrawn is, he is a villain known for his tactical prowess who has been featured in the past two seasons of Star Wars Rebels.
A few years ago under Lucasarts, Star Wars games were abundant. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Currently, Electronic Arts has an exclusivity deal with Disney. In many ways, this deal has proven a bad move for Lucasfilm’s public relations. Last year’s release of Battlefront II was overshadowed by the accusations of the games loot boxes being compared to gambling. Furthermore, is that the single player Star Wars game coming from the creator of PlayStation’s Uncharted series was reworked to be an online game (presumably in order to include micro-transactions). The studio behind it Visceral Games was shut down last October, and we haven’t heard much about it since. Clearly, none of these dealings have been flattering for any parties involved.
Upcoming in Theme Parks
Galaxy’s Edge (Disneyland and Walt Disney World, 2019)
Known colloquially as Star Wars Land for many years. The large expansion to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is slowly inching toward an opening sometime in 2019. So far we know that the land takes place on a new planet, Batuu, and will feature at least two new rides. The first being a large dark ride that places guests in the middle of a Star Wars battle. The second is a Millennium Falcon ride that apparently will let guests pilot the vehicle.
Star Wars Hotel (Walt Disney World TBA)
Exclusive to Orlando’s Galaxy’s Edge is a Star Wars hotel. From what we’ve heard, staying there will be more akin to booking a cruise, as the hotel will provide full-day experiences that place guests in space (all the windows will give the impression of being on a Space Station.) As for pricing, many are estimating it will most likely also be close to the price of setting off at sea.
Walt Disney Studios Park Expansion (Disneyland Paris, TBA)
A multi-billion dollar expansion is coming to the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Part of it will be new Star Wars experiences, and it’s safe to assume it will probably be one of the attractions from Galaxy’s Edge, but it is not confirmed. A few years back, I wrote an article about the Star Wars content currently at Disneyland Paris.
(Solo: a Star Wars Story screenshot copyright Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios. Concept art copyright Disney.)
So that’s the big stuff coming that we know right now. Leave a comment and let me know whether you consider this amount of Star Wars a blessing or a curse.
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